Dave Baumgartner takes Springport ARCA Midgets

Springport MI, 8-18-00 – Dave Baumgartner finally pulled it off. After finishing second more times than he’d probably like to mention, the Ottawa Lake, Michigan driver won the ARCA Auto Value Midget Series main event Friday night at Springport...

Springport MI, 8-18-00 – Dave Baumgartner finally pulled it off. After finishing second more times than he’d probably like to mention, the Ottawa Lake, Michigan driver won the ARCA Auto Value Midget Series main event Friday night at Springport Speedway.

And he did it in convincing fashion leading all 30 laps to score his career first ARCA Midget win. Baumgartner, after starting from the pole in his Pacific Life Autocraft Hawk, held off a potent pack of ARCA-UMARA open-wheel warriors for the win with defending UMARA champion Steve Thinnes finishing second in his Great American Racing Brayton. Leading ARCA Midget Rookie of the Year contender Travis Miniea trailed in third ahead of ARCA Midget veteran Gary Harrell in the TJ Roofing-R&M Towing-Saylor’s Plastering Hawk. Two-time and defending ARCA Midget champion Gene Lee Gibson completed the top-five in his Ideas Corp-Gilmore Construction-Fastenal Autocraft.

In all, 12 of the 20 starters finished on the lead lap with all but three machines finishing the race. Former ARCA Midget Rookie of the Year Jason Fuller finished sixth in his Suspension Spring-AFCO Shocks-Hoosier Gaerte Hawk in front of Jimmy McCune, Dave Thompson, Ryan Gillenwater and Chris Randolph to complete the top-10.

Thinnes won the Hoosier Tire Quick Time Award while McCune, Fuller and Don Carter picked up heat wins. Dave Thompson won the B-main.

<pre> 2000 ARCA AUTO VALUE MIDGET SERIES EVENT #9 Springport Speedway, Springport MI Official Results, 8-18-00

FIN STR CAR POS POS NO DRIVER/RESIDENCE TEAM SPONSOR/MAKE LAPS STATUS

1 1 99 Dave Baumgartner/Ottawa Lake MI Pacific Life Autocraft Hawk 30 Running 2 6 48 Steve Thinnes/West Chicago IL Great American Racing Brayton Stealth 30 Running 3 3 77 Travis Miniea/Sharon PA Miniea Motorsports Esslinger Hawk 30 Running 4 8 4 Gary Harrell/Temperance MI TJ Roofing-R&M Towing-Saylor's Plastering Autocraft 30 Running 5 4 0 Gene Lee Gibson/Richwood OH Ideas Corp-Gilmore Const-Fastenal Autocraft 30 Running 6 5 9 Jason Fuller/Findlay OH Suspension Spring-AFCO-Hoosier Gaerte Hawk 30 Running 7 13 21 Jimmy McCune/Sylvania OH Bisbee Travel Brayton 30 Running 8 2 24 Dave Thompson/Minooka IL MAC Tools Wevercraft 30 Running 9 7 20 Ryan Gillenwater/Barberton OH 5th St NAPA Autocare-NE Auto Autocraft 30 Running 10 17 35 Chris Randolph/Stockbridge MI Bisbee Travel Autocraft 30 Running 11 15 87 Matt Estep/South Holland IL Spitfire Automotive Esslinger 30 Running 12 10 16 Jon Herb/Indianapolis IN Herb Racing 30 Running 13 18 45 Kevin Myers/Wapakoneta OH Allied Equipment-Newman's Welding Gaerte 29 Running 14 11 15 Rich Corsen Corsen Racing 29 Running 15 20 97 Phil Rutledge/Troy MI The Vette Shop-Duggan's Irish Pub Pontiac 29 Running 16 16 3 Mike Astrauskas/Sand Lake MI Alliance CNC-MPD Welding Autocraft 29 Running 17 19 19 Chris O'connell/Fort Wayne IN Amer Cancer Society Race Against Cancer Autocraft 29 Running 18 14 2 Rick Harrell/Lambertville MI Dove Racing Autocraft Hawk 14 Handling 19 12 36 Jim Anderson Anderson Racing 7 Handling 20 9 26 Don Carter Jr/Elwood IL Carter Racing Brayton Beast 4 Handling

Hoosier Tire Pole Award: Steve Thinnes 14.530 seconds Heat Winners: Jimmy McCune, Jason Fuller, Don Carter B-Main Winner: Dave Thompson

Lap Leaders: Baumgartner 1-30 (30)

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Series ARCA
Drivers Jon Herb , Travis Miniea , Jimmy McCune , Dave Baumgartner , Jim Anderson